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Research Computing Director for the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University

Posted by Hannah Remmert on 01/31/2018 14:42 UTC

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Reporting to the Business School IT Lead, with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Vice Dean for Research, the Research Computing Director is responsible for providing research computing support, consultation, and training to faculty. Incumbent will work directly with faculty to identify their research computing needs, make recommendations and provide solutions. Will act as a liaison between researchers and Columbia University Information Technology – Research Computing Services (CUIT-RCS) technical resources to provide front-line support.


1. Provides support for faculty research computing projects, including automation, performance optimization, and scripting.
2. Provides administrative support for existing research computing infrastructure, as well as work with CUIT-RCS to understand and promote CUIT services.
3. Identifies needs for future computation, storage, and software in response to changing computing technologies. Works with CUIT-RCS staff to communicate and accommodate those needs.
4. Provides software development consultation and training for faculty, RA’s, as well as faculty and PhD research projects including software development in Python, C, MySQL, Matlab and Bash.
5. Plans and presents monthly training and quarterly presentations to the Research Computing Steering Committee.
6. Understands the research data lifecycle and research data security requirements and advise faculty. Assists/advises with data management plans.
7. Understands and promotes standardized tools available to researchers.
8. Discovers, researches, and promotes new opportunities for Business School Intellectual Property (dataset, publication, prepare software for distribution, etc.).
9. Develops and maintains clear and comprehensive end-user documentation.
10. Manages a diverse set of stand-alone or ‘one-off’ environments (OneTick, ProQuest, LimeStudio, etc.), depending on needs.
11. Administration of the MediaWiki server.
12. Manages a software repository of reusable software modules (“Columbia Business School Computation Toolkit”) for new research to be completed more efficiently and for education.
13. All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Advanced degree desirable.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years related experience required.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

  • Must have experience programming in Python.
  • Prior work experience in programming or software development required.
  • Basic network and network protocol administration (e.g., SSH, X11, etc.) needed.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including teamwork/collaboration, analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, and technical expertise required.
  • Ability to work with changing priorities and with multiple projects required.
  • Must have the ability to be precise and attentive to detail is essential.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision needed.
  • Ability to work weekend and off-hour work on occasion required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Computer Science preferred.
  • Sun Grid Engine administration preferred.
  • Familiarity with high-performance computing environments (e.g., PVM/MPI, Hadoop/MapReduce, etc.) desired.
  • Prior work experience in high-performance computing strongly preferred.
  • Experience with standard numerical/statistical software packages (e.g., Matlab, STATA, SAS, etc.) preferred.
  • MediaWiki administration preferred.
  • Experience with software version control, Git/GitLab, automated testing techniques preferred.